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Acupuncture 1, 2, 3

Developed by Dr. Richard Tan


San Diego, CA
Dr. Richard Tan, O.M.D., L.Ac.
3 OTHER BOOKS BY DR.
ACUPUNCTURE 1, 2, 3 TAN
Dr. Tan’s Balance Method
 Simple and effective method for treating
all types of pain
 Patients can often be treated sitting in
chair without undressing
 Pain improvement is immediate
 Treatment time 30-60 minutes
 Use one to 12 needles (varies)
 No electricity or Moxa
May need to repeat treatments at
various intervals
Acupuncture 1, 2, 3
 1. Identify the affected “sick” meridian(s)

 2. Determine the balancing


• or “treating” meridian(s)

 3. Chose the acupoints to use

Assess desired response


If no improvement, reassess
Leave needles for 30-60 min.
Remember 3 Principal Meridian Sub-circuits!

Dr. Tan’s balancing meridians: first method: (opposite side)


LR-MH; TH-GB; KI-HT; SI-BL; SP-LU; LI-ST
Remember 3 Principal Meridian Sub-circuits!

Dr. Tan’s balancing meridians: third method: (opposite side)


TH-MH; GB-LR; SI-HT; BL-KI; LI-LU; ST-SP
Treating left hip pain
DR. TAN’S METHOD NEEDLE IN SJ 14
 1. Identify “sick” meridian:
• Left hip Gall Bladder (GB 30)

• 2. Determine treating or
 balancing meridian (s):
 Right arm San Jiao

 3. Determine the acupoint(s)


 Using the “mirror format”
 Palpate for “ashi” (tender) points
 Right arm SJ 14 was chosen
Treating left hip pain
DR. TAN’S METHOD NEEDLE IN SJ 14
 Left hip pain was 8/10

 Needle was left for 30-60 min.

 No electricity or moxa

 Patient was able to continue to


work at her desk

 After treatment, hip pain was


essentially gone. Patient was
very happy. But pain gradually
returned after 24 hours.
Treating left hip pain
DR. TAN’S METHOD NEEDLE IN SJ 14

 The same procedure was


repeated several times
over the course of a month
with similar benefits.

 Unfortunately, MRI showed


severe OA and AVN and
patient is scheduled to
have elective surgery
Using Dr. Tan’s method for LBP
 70 year old man with osteoarthritis
and controlled DM II and remote B/L
THR’s

 c/o one month hx LBP,


• 3/10 at rest, 8/10 severity with activity
• No radiation or paresthesias

• Localizes pain around left L4 to S2 level


Using Dr. Tan’s method for LBP

Video of Tan's balance method of acupu


ncture for LBP.pptx
Tan’s method for LBP
 1. Determine the affected median:
 This case: left lower back “bladder meridian” at L4-S2

2. Find the balancing meridians:


a. Small intestine meridian (synergistic meridian)
b. Lung meridian
c. Kidney meridian (coupled meridian)

3. Determine the acupoints using the mirror method or the imaging


method.
a. SI 3-7
b. LU 6-10
c. KI 2 – 9
(palpate for “ashi” points)
Using Dr. Tan’s method for LBP

Video of Tan's balance method of acupu


ncture for LBP.pptx
Fred’s LBP treatment
 Daily 60 min treatment x 3 days

 Declined treatment after that

 LBP continued to improve and he was


able to exercise on the treadmill and
be free of disabling back pain
Tan’s method for elbow pain:
lateral epicondylitis
 1. Determine the “sick” meridian:
for lateral epicondylitis: Large Intestine (LI 11)

 2. Find the balancing “treating” meridians:


 A. Stomach meridian (on the opposite leg)
 B. or
 C. Lung meridian (opposite arm)

 3. Determine the acupoints using the mirror method


 A. ST 35 (opposite leg)
 B. or
 C. Lu 5 (opposite arm)

(palpate for “ashi” points, which are likely more therapeutic)


Leave needles in for 30-60 minutes, no electricity or Moxa.
May repeat daily or as needed.
Tan’s method for knee pain:
patellofemoral syndrome
 1. Determine the “sick” meridian(s):
 Stomach meridian (St 35)

2. Find the balancing “treating” meridians:


a. Large intestine meridian (arm, opposite side of the body)
b. or
c. Spleen meridian (opposite leg)

3. Determine the acupoints using the mirror format:


a. LI 11 (opposite side)
b. or
c. SP 9 (opposite side)
(palpate for “ashi” points, which are likely more therapeutic)
Leave needles in for 30-60 minutes, no electricity or Moxa.
May repeat daily or as needed.

* LI 11 is effective for treating knee pain of various etiologies. (use arm on opposite side
of body from painful knee.)
Patient live
demonstrations
 1. Locate the pain and determine the
“sick” meridian(s)

 2. Determine the balancing or


“treating” meridian(s)

 3. Using the mirroring format or the


imaging format, determine the acupoints
use “ashi” points
Pain should improve immediately.
Chinese
Clock
Chinese
Clock
Dr. Tan’s Imaging Format
Balancing Meridians
Tan’s Special Tx for Abdominal
Symptoms
Tan’s Combination for LBP